ZOO Digital is delighted to announce a new phase of our strategic partnership with Olive Digital in order to establish services in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

The partnership will enable us to extend reach in key territories in the Middle East. Establishing a presence in Sharjah has been possible thanks to Sharjah Media City (Shams), an in-territory governing body and media city hub for innovation.

Sharjah Media City (Shams), ZOO Digital and Olive Digital.jpg(L-R) Syed Ahmed: ZOO Digital, Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa: SHAMS, Asad Khan: Olive Digital

ZOO established a partnership with Olive two years ago when the distribution provider, headquartered in Pakistan, became part of our global affiliate network. Olive will now extend its operations by providing localization, media ingest and QC services in Sharjah.

The Dubai partnership has come about as a direct response to the needs of our clients. As global OTT platforms begin to focus on acquiring regional content, they need partnerships with in-territory expertise that they can trust to ingest media and prepare assets for delivery. With over 180 different languages spoken in the UAE, Sharjah provides the ideal location as we expand our network in the Middle East.

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Olive will invest in infrastructure to establish a facility in Shams, a world-class hub for innovation for the creative and media industries. ZOO will provide expertise in the design of facilities and implementation of our cloud-based technology, including training and security.

The partnership is the result of our unique strategy to build a network of partners around the world that operate using ZOOtechnology – while ZOO remains responsible for quality and delivery.

Syed Ahmed, International Business Development, ZOO Digital said:

“We recognize the growing importance of the Middle East for OTT services. Together with our trusted affiliate, Olive Digital, we are best placed to offer immediate localization and media processing support on the ground in Sharjah, UAE, where nearly 200 different languages are spoken.

“Increasingly, vendors are called upon to provide a truly global service, to move quickly and provide capability wherever clients wish to source and distribute content. With our cloud-based services, we’re able to step up to the mark and make that happen.”

Asad Khan, President and Founder, Olive Digital said: “We are grateful to Dr Khalid Omar Al Midfa, and everyone at Shams. It’s thanks to their expertise and advice that we are able to create a state-of-the-art facility in Sharjah. Shams is a world-class hub for innovation and it makes sense that we are able to establish our service in a media city with this outstanding reputation.”

Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Chairman, Sharjah Media City (Shams) said: “We’re delighted to welcome ZOO Digital and Olive Digital to Sharjah. Shams sets the benchmark for service and support to those wishing to set-up and launch their business in the media industries in UAE. It is the ideal location for such an innovative localization provider.”

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